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Obama seeks merger of U.S. trade, commerce agencies

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for powers to merge US trade and commerce agencies in an effort to cut red tape for businesses and end government overlap, an administration official says. The proposed shake-up aims to consolidate six agencies and Obama will announce details of…

U.S. seeks to exchange ambassadors with Myanmar

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States is moving toward exchanging ambassadors with Myanmar, as a reward for reforms by the military-backed government. Echoing President Barack Obama in hailing the release of political prisoners, Clinton said she is also instructing State Department officials…

Tenn. GOP Rep. stands by threat to ‘stomp a mudhole’ in transgender people

Explaining why he put forward a bill that would ban trangender people from using dressing rooms and restrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates, State Rep. Richard Floyd (R) was quoted recently as threatening to “stomp a mudhole” in anybody who might be wearing the clothing…

Great Dane saves life of domestic violence victim

A women’s shelter in Kansas City is changing their policy on pets after one domestic violence victim refused to give up the Great Dane that saved her from being beaten to death with a hammer. Kansas City’s KCTV reported that the Rose Brooks Center was contacted last year by a…

Protesters dog Walker all the way to Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Facing a potential recall election battle in his home state, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) went to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation’s annual policy conference in Austin, Texas this week to try to rally conservative support for his continued tenure. While Walker shared his love of…

Occupy protester spends 3 weeks in jail for writing on sidewalk

An Occupy Orlando protester has been freed after spending three weeks in jail for using chalk to write on the sidewalk. The City of Orlando dropped the charges against Timothy Michael Osmar because they said the three weeks he spent in jail was about what he would have served if…

Walgreen sued for overcharging for generics

(Reuters) – A union benefits fund filed a class action suit Wednesday, accusing Walgreen Co and generic drug maker Par Pharmaceutical Cos Inc of overcharging for various generic drugs in a bid to boost profits. The complaint, filed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Unions and Employers Midwest Health…

Tea Party may get rebuffed in tax cut showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner, hoping to spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat over payroll tax cuts, is prepared to navigate around rebellious Tea Party-aligned lawmakers to get a deal, according to congressional aides. Republicans in the House of Representatives got a public drubbing from critics within…

Buzz around Beyonce as fly named in diva’s honour

It might not be the most flattering accolade for the “bootylicious” American pop star, but new mother Beyonce now has a fly named after her. Just days after the singer and actress gave birth to a baby girl, Australian scientists said Friday they had named a rare horse fly from…

Thailand arrests suspect after US terror warning

Thai authorities said Friday they had detained a Lebanese man with suspected links to the Hezbollah militant group, after the United States warned of a terrorist threat against tourists in the kingdom. “Foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future,”…

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